Sports update

We've had a number of sporting events across the motu this past month.

Hockey Exchange Programme Nelson
A Memorable Hockey Exchange: West Coast Girls' Team in Nelson. West Coast combined school girls' hockey team on their trip to Nelson. It was such an unforgettable journey filled with exciting challenges, learning opportunities, and great camaraderie.

The trip was made possible by the incredible efforts of Emma Sorensen Brown, the Sports Development Advisor at Sports Tasman. They made sure the trip was about more than just the matches, weaving rich experiences into the fabric of the exchange.

On the first day, the team had a spirited match against Nelson College of Girls, and even though the final score didn't go their way, they emerged with valuable lessons.

They also had the amazing opportunity to learn from two hockey stars, Brett Butcher and Anita Punt, which was truly inspiring.

The next day, the team faced two back-to-back games, and their hard work paid off with a fantastic 4-0 victory against Waimea College. Even though they fell short against Nayland College, they gave it their all.

Throughout the trip, the support and guidance from Emma, Anita Punt, and Brett Butcher were instrumental in shaping the team's journey. It was not just a memorable exchange, but also a platform for growth and development for each player. As the team bid farewell to Nelson, they carried with them not just the memories of exhilarating matches, but also the invaluable lessons learned, friendships forged, and the unwavering spirit of sportsmanship that defines the essence of the game.

Coach - Brijen Parikh, Manager - Katrina Simpson

WCSS Badminton 
Exciting news about Westland High School's badminton teams at the West Coast regional championships. Our talented players put on an amazing show of skill and determination, creating some fantastic memories on the court.

The A boys' team really shone, showing remarkable prowess throughout the tournament. Though they narrowly missed out on the championship title, their effort was truly valiant, securing the runner-up position by just two points. And let's not forget the A girls' team, who displayed exceptional abilities with finesse and strategy, earning a commendable second-place finish in the final standings.

A big thank you to Coach Lara Kelly for her outstanding coaching and management of the badminton team. Also, special thanks to Graham Berry and Maddy Crawford for organizing this awesome tournament.

Boys Team

  • WHS A Team - Runner-up
  • WHS B Team - 4th

Girls Team

  • WHS A Team - Runner-up
  • WHS B Team - 4th

WCSS Cross country
The West Coast Secondary School cross-country event was a fantastic success! We had a record-breaking turnout of 18 qualifying runners from Westland High School, making us the school with the most participants. It was so inspiring to see our athletes giving it their all in the race. Their commitment and effort really showed the sportsmanship and camaraderie that make our school community special. Great job, everyone!

Christchurch Cross Country 
We are excited to share that ten amazing athletes from Westland High School have made it to the upcoming Christchurch Cross Country event!

They worked really hard, competing against tough opponents to qualify. Their dedication and skill have earned them well-deserved recognition and the chance to represent our school at the regional level.

Let's all cheer them on and wish them the best of luck for the upcoming race on the 6th June!

WCPS Cross Country & Canterbury Cross Country
A group of twelve talented young runners from Westland High School have qualified for the prestigious West Coast Primary School Cross Country event. This amazing competition took place at the Kumara Race Course and promised to be a thrilling showcase of talent and sportsmanship.

Here's how our fantastic runners did:

Year 7 Boys:

  • Micah Morris: 4th place
  • Hunter Fortune: 6th place

Year 8 Boys:

  • Quinn Routhan: 1st place

Year 8 Girls:

  • Renny Jones: 1st place
  • Meah Symons: 2nd place
  • Jessica Gamble: 4th place

These amazing runners have also earned a spot in the Canterbury cross-country event.

A huge thank you to all the staff members and a special shoutout to Mandy Dodds from Kumara School for organizing this awesome event. Also, a big thanks to Bridget Routhan for supporting us with transportation. Great job, everyone!

BBG Rugby Festival.
The BBG Rugby tournament started with a bang as the Westland High School team displayed their determination and skill, wowing the spectators with their remarkable performance.

WHS faced off against Greymouth High School in the first game and emerged victorious, setting the stage for an exhilarating journey ahead. In the second game against Buller High School, WHS embraced the challenge and showed great sportsmanship and resilience, setting the stage for valuable lessons to be carried forward throughout the tournament.

The third game against Rangiora High School showcased WHS's true prowess with a spectacular comeback, leaving a lasting impression on the tournament. As the tournament progresses, all eyes are on the WHS 1st XV Rugby team, who continue to embody the essence of Rugby with their teamwork, resilience, and relentless pursuit of victory.

Upcoming Games:

  • 5th June WHS vs Darfield
  • 12th June WHS vs Papanui
  • 19th June Final

Wishing the team the best of luck for the upcoming games! Go WHS!

WCPS Football festival
An awesome day we had at the West Coast Primary School Football Festival. There were 41 teams from 15 schools, and 350 kids playing under the "Balance is Better" philosophy.

It was such a fantastic day filled with fun and laughter. The kids really enjoyed playing football with their friends, and it was great to see them all having a blast.

A big thank you to Jack O Connor and Mel Packham from Sports Canterbury - West Coast for organizing such an amazing event!

Roller Skating in school 
Roller skating isn't just a recreational activity; it's a dynamic way to promote health, social interaction, and fun among students. At Westland High School, during lunchtime on every Friday, Coach Aroha has introduced an innovative roller skating program that's turning heads and wheels alike.

The benefits of roller skating extend far beyond mere recreation. It's an excellent cardiovascular workout, strengthening muscles and improving balance and coordination. "Roller skating engages multiple muscle groups, including the core, legs, and arms," Coach Aroha noted. "It's a fantastic way to stay active while having a blast."

The program has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students

For Coach Aroha, witnessing the program's impact is immensely rewarding. "I've seen students gain confidence, improve their fitness levels, and form lasting connections," he said. "That's what it's all about – empowering young people to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives."

A massive thank you to coach Aroha for donating time to us in supporting our roller skating program.